Those who know me well, know that I battled a rare form of cancer, DFSP, or sarcoma/soft tissue cancer in 2006 & 2007. As explained in my story on Our Heart Speaks website, this has had a lasting impact on my health.
My great doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers at Dana Farber were outstanding as far as making sure I received the best possible care and treatments.
But, the above is not really why I walk. I walk for all the friends I lost to cancer far too young, and I'm tearing up as I type this: Sue Merritt Glenny (a college friend), Jeff Palmer and Scott Ricci (high school friends), Beth MacDonald and Jennifer Goodman Linn (fellow sarcoma warriors I met during my journey). I'm also walking for family members who died of or battled cancer: my grandfather, George Elliott, my dad, O.V. Snow, and my sisters, Barbara Snow Bryant and Maria Snow (thankfully, those last two are still with us, but both battled breast cancer). I also currently have several friends battling cancer: Elaine Manfredi, Trece McLaughlin, Bruce MacDonald, and Dee Coentro. And, I walk for several other close friends who have battled breast cancer, and are now doing quite well!
While in past years, funds raised supported pancreatic cancer research in memory of Sue and Jeff, any funds raised this year will support Dana Farber's general care and research.
When you make a gift to my walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate cancer care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!